|Replaced by||BNXT League|
|Number of teams||10|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Domestic cup(s)||Belgian Cup|
|International cup(s)|| Champions League |
|Last champions|| Filou Oostende (23rd title) |
|Most championships||Filou Oostende (23 titles)|
The Pro Basketball League (PBL),was the highest tier level professional basketball league in Belgium for clubs. In 2021, the league was succeeded by the Belgian-Dutch BNXT League.
Through 2014, for sponsorship reasons, the league was previously known as the Ethias League, and from 2014 to 2016, it was known as the Scoore! League, also for sponsorship reasons. The league is organized by the Basketball League Belgium. The current president of the league is Maarten Bostyn.
The most successful team in the league is Oostende, which holds the record for the most league titles won, with 22, and the now defunct team of Racing Mechelen is second, with 15.
On 15 March 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic the season was prematurely cancelled. Based on the standings in the regular season, Filou Oostende was crowned national champions.
The BLB is played by the international FIBA rules. Since 2014–15 the BLB season has a new format. In the regular season, all teams play each other first home and away. After that first round the league is divided in two groups based on standings; in the first group teams ranked 1–6 play and in the second 7–11. After the split each team plays all others in its group once home and once away. After that the Playoffs are played by eight teams. The quarterfinals consist of best-of-three series and the semi- and finals are played in a best-of-five format.
Teams that play in the BLB all have to get a license to play in the league. There are three types of licenses:
|Antwerp Giants||Antwerp||Lotto Arena||5,218|
|Belfius Mons-Hainaut||Mons||Mons Arena||4,000|
|Filou Oostende||Ostend||Sleuyter Arena||5,000|
|Kangoeroes Mechelen||Mechelen||De Winketaai||1,000|
|Okapi Aalst||Aalst||Okapi Forum||2,800|
|Phoenix Brussels||Brussels||Complexe sportif de Neder-Over-Hembeek||1,200|
|VOO Liège||Liège||Country Hall Ethias Liège||5,000|
Since 2005, play-offs are played to decide which team is crowned the champion of each season. The finals series are played in a best-of-five format, with the team which had the higher seed in the regular season having home court advantage.
|Team||Champions||Runners-up||Years champions||Years runners-up|
|2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022||–|
|Spirou||4||2||2008, 2009, 2010, 2011||2005, 2012|
|Mons-Hainaut||–||6||–||2006, 2009, 2013, 2015, 2020, 2021|
|Okapi Aalstar||–||3||–||2011, 2014, 2016|
|Antwerp Giants||–||2||–||2018, 2019|
|Denotes a team that has been dissolved.|
|Oostende||1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022|
|Racing Mechelen +||1965, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1980, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994|
|Spirou||1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011|
|Antwerpse +||1956, 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1964, 1973|
|Royal IV +||1939, 1942, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958|
|Semailles+||1946, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951|
|Fresh Air||1937, 1938, 1978, 1979|
|Brussels A.C.+||1928, 1930, 1931, 1933|
|Daring B.C.+||1929, 1932, 1934|
|Standard Liège +||1968, 1970, 1977|
|Lier +||1971, 1972|
|Amicale Sportive+||1935, 1936|
|Hellas Gent +||1955|
Not all awards are official ones handed out by the league itself, but all are regarded and respected as BLB awards. As example the Belgian Player of the Year award is handed out by the Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad , but the league itself reports the winner on its website.
Sport in Belgium plays a prominent role in the society. As of 2010, Belgium counted around 17,000 sport clubs with approximately 1.35 million members, or about 13% of the Belgian population. Popular sports in Belgium are, among others: football, cycling, tennis, table tennis, athletics, swimming, basketball, badminton, judo, hockey, rowing, motocross, auto racing, volleyball, and running. Belgium has organized the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp as well as the 1972 UEFA European Championship and the 2000 UEFA European Championship along with the Netherlands. The Belgium national football team's best result was a 3rd place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and a second place of the 1980 UEFA European Championship. Belgian football clubs have won 3 times the UEFA Cup Winners Cup and twice the UEFA Cup, plus 3 times the UEFA Supercup.
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The 2016–17 Pro Basketball League (PBL), for sponsorship reasons the EuroMillions Basketball League, season was the 90th season of the first tier of basketball in Belgium. The defending champion was Oostende, which successfully defended its title.
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